Lighting can make or break your event.
Lighting is one of the most basic things that can make your even outstanding – or make it just another night out.
Whether you’re planning your wedding reception or a corporate event, lighting can be the one piece that brings the whole theme together.
The default lighting settings for most events are harsh fluorescents which, let’s face it, don’t make anyone look good and certainly don’t make your event magical.
Skilled DJs and event planners use lighting as a way to create a cohesive feel throughout the event. Colored lights can bring the colors and themes of a wedding or corporate event together, while up-lighting makes the room feel intimate and provides light without the harsh glow of being lit from above. Pinspots can bring your guests’ attention to beautiful floor arrangements, or to highlight a band or dance performance group to help raise the energy of a room. Lighting can add texture to a dance floor, encouraging your guests to get up and dance. [click to continue…]
Rebecca Tuohino: Lovely Lady of Lindy Hop (Photo credit: B-House Photography)
How did your love affair with dance begin?
I grew up watching old films. I remember seeing Fred Astaire dance and just thinking to myself “oh wow, I wish people still danced like that today. ” There was a sort of historic romanticism that grew on me as I learned about periods in history such as the roaring twenties, the great depression and WWII.
My childhood was also filled with a deep appreciation for music. All the classical greats, a few operas, church hymns and jazz. I specifically took a particular liking to the beats infused and driven by jazz and when I moved to LA and began seeing bands that play such music regularly and in local venues. That is really when I knew I was in the right place.
Tell me about your career as a dancer.
Well, to just give an overview of the whole timeline: I took ballet and tap for 2 years as a child in Orange County. My family moved to Iowa when I was 6 and I stopped dance lessons but started gymnastics. Over the course of middle and high school I did gymnastics, cheer leading and diving. All these and other sports I did, I know aided my agility and core strength providing me a strong platform for learning Lindy Hop.
In college I heard about a the UNI swing dance club and went fairly regularly that year. It was more of a westie style swing but my interest in swing dance was peaked. I attended Hawkeye Swing Fest in Iowa City in 2008 for my swing event weekend filled with an array of workshops from professional instructors, competitions, dancing every night to live bands in the ballroom, and making tons of new dance friends from all over the Midwest. I also went to Kansas City, Minnesota, London and Manchester during my uni years for various dance exchanges or events.